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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 47-53

Laryngeal mask airway versus i-gel for airway maintenance during general anesthesia with controlled ventilation in pediatrics

Department of Anaesthesia and Surgical Intensive Care, Faculty of Medicine, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt

Correspondence Address:
Huda A.Z. Boghdady
70 Ibn Monkez Street, Alexandria
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DOI: 10.4103/roaic.roaic_28_16

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Background Supraglottic airway devices have become prevalent in children because they are typically more user-friendly than a face mask and avoid many of the problems associated with endotracheal intubation. i-gel is a new single-use supraglottic airway device without an inflatable cuff. Pediatric i-gel is now available in four different sizes, 1, 1.5, 2, and 2.5, on the basis of body weight. Patients and methods This study was carried out in Alexandria University Hospitals on 70 patients of American Society of Anesthesiologists grade I and II, aged 3–6 years. They were classified randomly into two equal groups of 35 patients each and admitted to undergo elective surgery under general anesthesia with controlled ventilation in the supine position without head and neck manipulation. In group I, a classic laryngeal mask was used and in group II, i-gel was used to maintain a patent airway during anesthesia. The devices were compared in terms of insertion success, hemodynamic responses, oropharyngeal sealing pressure, airway interventional requirements during maintenance, and postoperative complications. Results The time of insertion of i-gel was significantly shorter than that of the classic laryngeal mask airway (cLMA) (P<0.001) and the airway sealing pressure for the i-gel was significantly higher than that for the cLMA (P=0.043). Conclusion Both the i-gel and the cLMA are suitable devices for controlled ventilation for pediatric patients undergoing short surgical procedures who are not at risk of aspiration. The insertion time of i-gel was less than that of cLMA and airway sealing pressure of i-gel was higher than that of cLMA.

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